Under Ohio law, a dog’s owner, harbor, or keeper is strictly liable for the injuries caused by their dog. Strict liability is important in that it does not require the victim of a dog injury to prove negligence on the part of the owner, harbor, or keeper. The victim merely has to prove that s/he was injured by a dog, either bitten or knocked over, and harmed in some manner. It is the responsibility of the dog’s owner, harbor, or keeper to control their dog and protect others from harm. There are a few exceptions to strict liability such as criminal trespass, tormenting the dog, or violence against another. There is no requirement that the dog be declared dangerous or vicious and the dog is not given one “free bite.”
A bite or attack from a dog can leave both physical and emotional scars. It is important to have an experienced advocate on your side to ensure that your recovery is fair and reasonable in light of your injuries. Since 2008, as an attorney, I have been an advocate for those injured by dogs. I take the time to ensure that my clients understand the process, that claims have been properly documented, and that I am prepared for all proceedings. I am a considerate and enthusiastic advocate for my clients.
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